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The Importance of Vitamin D for Breastfeeding Moms and Babies

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The AAP recommends that every breastfeeding mom give her baby 400 IU of vitamin D per day... but how often do moms actually do that?  I know that when I got that recommendation from my pediatrician for my first son, I casually ignored it.  After all, human breast milk is the perfect food for my baby, right?

 

Actually, our breastmilk is only as good as our own health.  If we, as moms, eat a healthy diet, full of all the nutrients our baby needs, and if we also get plenty of sunshine and keep our stress levels low and avoid toxins, then yes, our breastmilk would probably be the perfect food for our baby.  But what we do not supply to our own bodies, we cannot supply to our babies.  

 

There is a huge misconception that the amounts of vitamin D we need to sustain healthy, sufficient levels can be achieved through diet alone.  This is false (unless you eat large amounts of fatty fish and blubber).  The huge majority of us need to get our vitamin D either from the sun or from supplements.

 

This is VERY important for any breastfeeding mother!  You can read additional information here: http://blog.vitamindcouncil.org/2012/06/25/the-breastfeeding-mother-breast-milk-as-a-biomarker/.  

 

Please pass this along if you are not breastfeeding but work with new mothers or know any new moms who could be breastfeeding.

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Originally Posted by Jen Aliano View Post

 

Actually, our breastmilk is only as good as our own health.  If we, as moms, eat a healthy diet, full of all the nutrients our baby needs, and if we also get plenty of sunshine and keep our stress levels low and avoid toxins, then yes, our breastmilk would probably be the perfect food for our baby.  But what we do not supply to our own bodies, we cannot supply to our babies.  

 

 

I have to disagree with you.  Even women who are malnourished produce wonderfully healthy milk.  Except in rare circumstances your milk IS the perfect food for your baby.  The things you have listed are ideal for you, and ideal for your baby, but your breastmilk in almost all circumstances is still the healthiest, best option for your baby.

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The quality of Breastmilk is usually better than the mother's own health, even among malnourished mothers. And the research to support vitamin D supplementation is very, very slim which is why my very APA-pediatrician supports my choice not to supplement. Most breastfeeding moms do not "casually ignore" the recommendation. They either follow their peds advice or do enough research to make sure that they are comfortable with another approach.

 

http://kellymom.com/nutrition/vitamins/vitamin-d/

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I forget a lot, but do supplement with Vitamin D when I remember. I have those drops that go on your nipple. Pretty simple.

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I thought I read recently that fat soluble vitamin levels in breastmilk were fairly consistent, but water soluble ones varied much more greatly in breast milk?

For Vitamin D IF the mother has adequate levels the baby gets more than enough from the mothers milk, however I think almost everyone is deficient in Vitamin D in Canada anyhow from studies I have seen. I chose to supplement fairly high myself to avoid having to give my daughter Vitamin D. I am however giving my son (2 years later) a supplement.
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